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FC Porto is in the final

The Portuguese FC Porto are through to the 2010/11 UEFA Europa League final after they delivered a football with high on commitment and quality, their 5-1 first-leg advantage proving insurmountable for Villarreal CF, despite the Spanish side’s best efforts.

1-0: GOL CANI ’17
1-1: GOL HULK ’40
1-2: GOL FALCAO ’47
3-2: GOL ROSSI ’79 –penalty

Watching the statistics is clearlly that Villiareal wanted to come back after the first leg humiliation, they were 2 times more active with double attempts on target and with three goals scored. But it wasn’t enough.

Porto obtained his victory and it worth’s its place in the final, a Portuguese one entirely.

: Diego Lopez – Capdevila, Bruno Soriano, Musacchio, Mario Gaspar, Santi Cazorla, Matilla, Cani, Nilmar, Marco Ruben, Rossi
Substitutes: Juan Carlos, Oriol, Marchena, Senna, Borja Valero, Cicinho, Mubarak

FC Porto: Helton – Alvaro Pereira, Otamendi, Rolando, Sapunaru, Joao Moutinho, Fernando, Guarin, Cristian Rodriguez, Falcao, Hulk
Substitutes: Beto, Maicon, Sereno, Walter, James Rodriguez, Souza, Ruben Micael


Braga sends Benfica home

Braga scored a huge goal against Benfica and obtained the ticket in to the final of UEFA EUROPA League. The player responsible for this is Custodio which trough his goal brought qualification for his team.

Custodio: “It is such a joy to have scored the goal that took us through, but this is a team victory because we showed great togetherness.”
“I only scored; everyone else was just as important – look at Paulão, who cleared one off the line. We are all in it, the entire squad. I think the secret was our quality, our desire and our collective strength.”

After this game, Domingos Paciência‘s team progressed to the first all-Portuguese UEFA final, a first for the northern club on such an elevated stage.

Braga: Artur – Silvio, Alberto Rodriguez, Paulao, Miguel Garcia, Jugo Viana, Custodio, Lima, Mossoro, Alan, Meyong
Substitutes: Cristiano, Kaka, Helder Barbosa, Elderson, Leandro Salino, Peterson, Anibal Capela

Benfica: Roberto – Fabio Coentrao, Jardel, Luisao, Maxi Pereira, Cesar Peixoto, Javi Garcia, Gaitan, Carlos Martins, Oscar Cardozo, Saviola
Substitutes: Moreira, Airton, Jara, Roderick, Felipe Menezes, Sidnei, Alan Kardec


Platini, the new old FIFA boss

In the position of sole candidate for another term of four years at the head of UEFA, Michel Platini was elected today at the Continental Congress court of Paris. There was no question of a vote, while the representatives of 53 affiliated federations have appealed to the second procedure in regulation. The former French international was confirmed in office with acclaims!

It was practically Platini‘s recognition of merit, which in the first term, begun in 2007, managed to bring to an end many of the proposed projects:

– A new format of the Champions League final with optimal spread over several weeks and end on Saturday;
– Another Europe League TV rights centralized League model system that will be applied in the preliminary EC and CM (Area Europe) since 2014
– EC-final tournaments will take part in 24 teams, not 16, as before
– It persuaded to abolish the G14 clubs to join the forum and continental European Club Association
– He founded the Strategic Council, where clubs, leagues and players’ representatives are involved in decision making
– All of them belong to the idea of line judges, already in the League and Champions League.
In this new term Platini will try to introduce in this world the women. Will his efforts success?


Europa League quarter-final draws

Today were the draws for the next stages in the Europa League. And without more chat, these are the games:

Quarter-final draw (7 &14 April)

FC Porto – FC Spartak Moskva
SL Benfica – PSV Eindhoven
Villarreal CF – FC Twente
SC Braga – FC Dynamo Kiev

Semi-final draw (28 April & 5 May)

1: Braga/Dynamo – Benfica/PSV
2: Porto/Spartak – Villarreal/Twente

Who will get to the semifinals? Who is good enough? Watch and see!


Europa League, what a beautiful night!

Manchester City FC 1-0 FC Dynamo Kiev (agg: 1-2)
Dynamo Kiev managed to qualify after a good game against one of the wealthiest club, Manchester City, a ten men crew this match, and just one goal scored.
After a reasonable 2-0 from the first leg for Kiev, City’s hopes sprung but the one goal scored was not enough.

Paris Saint-Germain FC 1-1 SL Benfica (agg: 2-3)

Another successful year for Benfica, no. 2 in a row, caught the qualification train after a good first leg, a well played game.

FC Zenit St Petersburg 2-0 FC Twente (agg: 2-3)
The Russians struggled giving everything they had, but, even with two goals scored it wasn’t enough for a ticket to the next stage.

FC Spartak Moskva 3-0 AFC Ajax (agg: 4-0)
Ajax was no match for Spartak offensive force, giving up three times before a final whistle. The Russians march in speed for the draws to the next stage.

Villarreal CF 2-1 Bayer 04 Leverkusen (agg: 5-3)
Leading 3-2 after last week’s first leg, and with some help from Santi Cazorla and Giuseppe Rossi lead the Yellow Submarine into the next stage of Europa League.

FC Porto 2-1 PFC CSKA Moskva (agg: 3-1)
Awesome start for the Dragons with a goal in the first minute, shattering all the hopes for Moskova. Qualification for Porto.

Rangers FC 0-1 PSV Eindhoven (agg: 0-1)
PSV managed a good game against the Rangers. The victory was well deserved and even with just one goal scored, the qualification was in their hands.

Liverpool FC 0-0 SC Braga (agg: 0-1)
Braga is the surprise in this stage, after two good games against Liverpool FC. They kept the one-goal advantage and with a more or less emotions they where the name in the extraction urn for the next stage.